Update on new development around our neighbourhood

 

Imperial College have been consulting on their plans for the remaining two buildings on the northern site at their White City campus, and for their 11.5 acre site immediately south of the Westway.  Details are at this link on the College website http://www.imperial.ac.uk/white-city-campus/consultation/.

There is also an item on our sister site www.imperialfolly.org uk commenting on Imperial’s approach to development and the near completion of the 35 storey residential tower.

Imperial College's tower at Wood Lane, White City

Imperial College’s tower at Wood Lane, White City

The ‘News’ section of the StQW Neighbourhood Forum website explains that Transport for London are consulting on proposals for new Overground stations at Old Oak, including one at Hythe Road (the Cargiant site).  The Forum will be responding to the consultation, and making a renewed case for an additional station at ‘Westway Circus’ (beneath the Westway roundabout at the southern end of Latimer Road).

The costs at Westway Circus would be a twentieth of the Hythe Road proposal.  Such a station would serve Imperial White City and the new residential developments being built by St James (White City Living) and on the former BBC TV Centre site. It would also improve public transport access to our neighbourhood (currently at a low level by London standards) and take some traffic off Wood Lane/Scrubs Lane. See at http://stqw.org/2017/10/25/tfl-consultation-on-new-overground-stations-at-old-oak/ for more details.

For an update on what is happening across the Old Oak part of the OPDC area (that for which the Mayor’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation is the planning authority, north of Wormwood Scrubs) see at www.oldoakneighbourhoodforum.org.

A third residential tower in Scrubs Lane has been granted planning permission by the OPDC.  This is at 2 Scrubs Lane, on the corner with the Harrow Road, so more distant from us than those previously given approval at Mitre Bridge.  Once again, the building looks as if it dates from the 1960s era of tower blocks.  The height is 20 storeys.

CGI image of 2 Scrubs Lane, from the south.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has out on hold plans for a comprehensive estate renewal scheme for the Silchester Estate.  This follows the Grenfell fire and a commitment by the Council to rethink a number of its proposed plans for North Kensington.  Several parts of the new RBKC Local Plan addressing housing issues have been withdrawn, and will nit be included in the ‘Examination in Public’ in early 2018.

The proposed redevelopment at 3 Crowthorne Road (behind Oxford Gardens School) is on hold, despite being granted planning permission 2016.  This was for a mixed use development of the former garage site, with flats and studio/business units on the ground floor.  StQW/SHRA supported the scheme, which was well designed and low rise.  The developers are holding back form construction, given uncertainties in the London property market.